Feb 3, 2013; New Orleans, LA, USA; San Francisco 49ers linebacker Michael Wilhoite (57) against the Baltimore Ravens in Super Bowl XLVII at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Bay Area Buzz 8/30: 49ers Loaded at Linebacker, Balfour Implodes, Pryor Not Impressive

49ers Loaded at Linebacker

Three days after the 49ers traded backup outside linebacker Parys Haralson to the Saints, the remaining reserves on the roster showed why he was expendable Thursday night.

In the first half of a 41-6 preseason-finale win over the Chargers, Dan Skuta, Corey Lemonier and Cam Johnson combined for four sacks. The charge to San Diego backup quarterback Charlie Whitehurst was led by Johnson, who had two sacks and a hurry that led to a second-quarter interception by inside linebacker Michael Wilhoite.

– Eric Branch, San Francisco Chronicle

Balfour Allows Walk-Off 3-Run Homer

The A’s were about to do the unthinkable, but then the Tigers did it.

Oakland was one out away from handing Detroit its first four-game sweep at Comerica Park since 2004, one out away from closing the book on what would’ve been just the second loss of the season for Cy Young-probableMax Scherzer.

But then Grant Balfour, having already walked two and surrendered a Victor Martinez RBI single, left a slider up to Torii Hunter, and Hunter clobbered it, walking the Tigers off with a three-run homer.

– Jane Lee, MLB.com

Pryor Fails to Impress in Loss

Terrelle Pryor failed to make Raiders coach Dennis Allen’s decision on a starting quarterback any easier Thursday night.

Pryor showed the running skills that make him such an intriguing option but struggled with his passing in a 22-6 loss to the Seattle Seahawks in the exhibition finale for both teams at CenturyLink Field.

– Jerry McDonald, San Jose Mercury News

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